Thursday briefing and open thread

“Given what we heard yesterday about the president’s vision for his second term, it’s pretty clear to me that he knows he can’t do any of that as long as the House is controlled by Republicans. So we’re expecting over the next 22 months to be the focus of this administration as they attempt to annihilate the Republican Party [...] And let me just tell you, I do believe that is their goal – to just shove us into the dustbin of history.” ~John Boehner

That is from this post at Daily Kos. And although I wish it were our mission to destroy them (as it is theirs to destroy us), we are the party of good government. We are way too busy solving problems to play Boehner games.

Driftglass has an excellent commentary on how the nation is divorcing the GOP. I wanted to extract it for you but I don’t have the time tonight. It’s in the Maddow – Casablanca edition of The Professional Left.

Have you seen Hillary Clinton’s “In Turkey???” moment? It’s awesome.

Rude has the usual epic Rude commentary on the whole affair.

The loons are getting ready for CPAC. Paul Ryan is the keynote, and he’ll be joined by Rubio, Santorum, and Rand “if I were President” Paul. Barf.

Catholics are all about the unborn:

“Catholic health care ministry witnesses to the sanctity of life ‘from the moment of conception until death,’” the directives state. “The Church’s defense of life encompasses the unborn.”

Until they get sued for harming the unborn:

Instead, they are arguing state law protects doctors from liability concerning unborn fetuses on grounds that those fetuses are not persons with legal rights.

And one more from Crooks & Liars, again with the unborn:

“Tampering with evidence shall include procuring or facilitating an abortion, or compelling or coercing another to obtain an abortion, of a fetus that is the result of criminal sexual penetration or incest with the intent to destroy evidence of the crime,” the bill says.

Third-degree felonies in New Mexico carry a sentence of up to three years in prison.

Pat Davis of ProgressNow New Mexico, a progressive nonprofit opposing the bill, called it “blatantly unconstitutional” on Thursday.

“The bill turns victims of rape and incest into felons and forces them to become incubators of evidence for the state,” he said. “According to Republican philosophy, victims who are ‘legitimately raped’ will now have to carry the fetus to term in order to prove their case.“

What is this fascination that Republicans have with rape???? You know what? We should tweet @mattfrendewey and ask him that. :)

Grossology over the jump.


No seriously, grossology.

Over 20 interactive games and animatronic displays make kids giggle as they learn about sneezing, vomiting, belching, sweating, body odor, bad breath, and other gross stuff!! At Grossology visitors explore fun, interactive activities, including:

  • Taking a “Tour du Nose” to learn how your nose acts as an air filter, a smell sensor and mucus producer.
  • Riding on the GI slide.
  • Climbing a large-scale replica of human skin.
  • And discovering other mysterious ways your body’s biology does what it needs to do to keep you healthy!

Come see what all the STINK is about! Grossology: The Impolite Science of the Human Body is on display January 24 – April 21, 2013 , at the Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art at Midland Center for the Arts

Actually it sounds kind of cool. More info here and here.

And since we’re on the topic of gross, there’s a letter to the editor on 12 reasons to never vote for Snyder. The 12 reasons are all over the place, but I’m fine with it.

Audit: Michigan not verifying jobs in tax-free zones — Report released Wednesday knocks Renaissance Zones

The state says more than 12,000 jobs have been created, but auditors say the number hasn’t been independently verified.

And more on that from Twitter.


Governor Granholm for Labor Secretary?

What sets Granholm apart is her stature as a former governor, her ease in front of the camera, and her familiarity with the broad range of economic issues facing the country. At an agency often viewed as a backwater, she’d have the potential to be a breakout Labor secretary in the mold of Robert Reich—a far glitzier Reich. As The Huffington Post’s Howard Fineman memorably summed up her convention performance, “Part union boss, part Tina Turner.”

She’d be great.

Off topic: Why I haven’t blogged more since yesterday, and why I’m “dog” tired now. (hehe)

That’s Abby, our 9 week old lab. Ain’t she adorbs?

She’s keeping us busy with her various needs. This is the first true “inside” dog that I’ve had so I’m learning a bunch about training and patience. Totally worth it.

Census Daily Thursday, January 24th. Surgery has been practiced since the Stone Age, but the fearsome pain suffered by the patients of such procedures held back the practice for ages. This began to be resolved in the 19th century with the advent of anesthesia. Now anesthesia is an advanced and specialized component of the surgical process. In recognition, January 20 through the 26th is Nurse Anesthetists Week, celebrating the professionals that are the main provider of anesthesia in rural America. There are 2.7 million registered nurses in the U.S. Those specializing in anesthesia are mostly concentrated among the 1.5 million nurses working in America’s approximately 6,500 hospitals.


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